This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts
and opinions expressed are my own.
When I was growing up, Thanksgiving was the biggest holiday of the entire year for our family. Yes, even bigger than Christmas (long story!).
We had so many traditions, and it was always a wonderful time together.
Now that I’ve started my own family, Thanksgiving gives us a chance to carry on some of my childhood traditions with my own kids.
Thanksgiving traditions your whole family will enjoy
Naturally, we will start with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. In our house, you simply can’t have Thanksgiving without the Macy’s Parade. In fact, even when I lived in Asia, and Thanksgiving wasn’t “a thing” there (neither were turkey dinners) I enjoyed my chicken & rice solo and watched the parade’s live stream. That is how dedicated I am to the parade.
There’s just nothing like watching the floats and entertainers with 50 million other people, 3.5 of which are on the streets watching in person (Life. Goals.).
At the end of the parade, Santa comes through and officially welcomes in the Christmas season. I don’t decorate for Christmas until Black Friday after Santa has waved the holiday through!
Even now, it doesn’t matter where we are celebrating Thanksgiving, the Macy’s Parade WILL be on tv and we will be at our destination in time to tune in at 9am to watch it from the very beginning.
I’m usually surprised by the parade lineup, but this year you can get a sneak peek at who will be performing in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
If you aren’t watching the Macy’s parade with your family every year, you are totally missing out and it’s a tradition you need to start ASAP. Watching the parade together is legitimately one of my happiest childhood memories, and I love that it’s something I can so easily recreate with my kids.
While you watch the parade, have a nice little breakfast together.
One fun Thanksgiving breakfast idea is to make egg in a hole using a turkey cookie cutter.
Use the cutter to make a turkey shape in the bread. Crack and egg in the bread hole and fry them both together.
It’s a tasty Thanksgiving morning tradition and the perfect thing to share during Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Buy cute pairs of matching Fall or Thanksgiving themed pajamas to wear the night before Thanksgiving. It will keep you cozy and warm while you watch the parade Thanksgiving morning! It would make for a cute photo of all the kids snuggled up on the couch watching the parade together too.
Meal time thank you notes
This is a fun tradition to do all November long, or just on Thanksgiving day if it suits you. Print out this meal time thank you note and pass it around the table with a dry erase marker. Everyone can share what they are thankful for and put it on display!
Turkey matching game
This is the perfect thing for kids to play during the commercials of the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. Print out your own version of this turkey matching game so you can play along!
Invite some one to share Thanksgiving with your family
If you have a friend or coworker who doesn’t have family in town, invite them to share the magic of Thanksgiving Day with you. Invite them over for the parade, the meal or even the whole day. There’s something special about filling your table not just with food, but with people from all different backgrounds. It makes Thanksgiving absolutely unforgettable.
As we all get ready for Thanksgiving, what is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition to carry on with your family? Tell us your ideas in the comments, and don’t forget to tune in to watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade at 9am EST on Thanksgiving Day!
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